Rotel S14 streaming amplifier

Has built-in streaming and DAC.

Published 2022-12-06 - 7:50 am

The Rotel S14 is a brand new streaming amplifier, just plug in speakers and you have a full stereo system with everything included.

That is, the Rotel S14 lacks an HDMI input, nor does it have a turntable input. But it does have an analogue input that can be used for a turntable with built-in phono stage.

It also has optical, coaxial and digital USB inputs, as well as streaming over Ethernet, aptX HD Bluetooth and wi-fi.

Photo: Rotel

The S14 also has a subwoofer output. The amplifier has a digital converter from ESS that supports up to 24-bit/384 Khz audio files, including MQA files.

You can stream with Spotify Connect, Tidal and Qobuz. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast, as well as being Roon Ready.

Photo: Rotel

The amplifier stage runs in conventional class AB and delivers 80 watts of power per channel and as much as 150 watts into 4 ohms. That bodes well for those with heavily driven speakers too.

The amp has a 3.5mm output for headphones on the front and a colour display that shows album covers and information about what and who is playing. There’s also an app coming for the S14 that allows you to control all the functions, including playlists in Tidal or Qobuz.

The Rotel S14 will also be available in black, the price for silver or black is listed at 2,700 euros.


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